Twenty-one stars surround the twenty-first state (Illinois) on the twenty-first quarter (of the 50 State Quarters® Program) as we enter the twenty-first century.
The Illinois quarter looks forward to the new century as it reminds us of how Abraham Lincoln must have looked forward to his new career in law from his job as a young rail-splitter.
In the image, Lincoln is setting his farm tool aside and picking up his law book, the farm behind him and the city of Chicago ahead.
He went on to become one of our greatest presidents.
This "Land of Lincoln" design speaks of both the history and the future of "The Prairie State."